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Everybody Calm Down About HBO’s ‘Sesame Street’ Deal

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When The New York Times reported the details of a new deal between HBO and the Sesame Workshop yesterday, in which the pay cable network will fund the iconic children’s program for five years in exchange for limited exclusivity of new episodes, the immediate reactions were mostly of the jokey, Game of Thrones/#TrueDetectiveSeason3 variety. But as the news spread, objections that the move “feels wrong” grew louder, and predictably enough, the thinkpiece parade began.
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‘Poldark’ Finale Recap: Part 7

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It’s telling that the only character to end Poldark‘s first season on a straightforwardly happy note spends, by far, the least time on screen. Verity finally marries her poor, disgraced captain at the ripe old age of 23, her wedding planned and executed in about three scenes. The rest of the two-hour finale, as is only proper, doubles down on the death and destitution that plagues Cornwall these days. Shall we?
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‘Poldark’ Recap: Part 6

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Last week’s installment may have been dark, but Poldark’s penultimate episode only accelerates its characters’ downward trajectory—to the point where the hero not drunkenly gambling away his fortune served as the emotional high point. Death, marital discord, and risky business ventures abound this week, each one only exacerbating the other.
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‘Poldark’ Recap: Part 5

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Things have been on a steadily upward trajectory for Ross these past few weeks, what with the marriage and shockingly timely discovery of copper. Part 5 may not reverse that progress, but it certainly halts it, introducing some much-needed conflict into the lives of the Poldarks beyond petty jealousy. Remember: this is Cornwall, and nothing is certain!
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‘Poldark’ Recap: Part 4

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Because this miniseries is a period piece set in England, Poldark was bound to ramp up the class anxieties eventually. “Part 4” does that in spades, dealing almost entirely with the social, financial, and emotional fallout of last week’s shotgun wedding. Surprise: everyone is mad!
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‘Poldark’ Recap: Part 3

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The bells are ringing, the music’s triumphant, and the good working-class folk of Cornwall are headed back to work: Ross has finally reopened his father’s long-shuttered mine, and unlike his uncle and cousin, he’s actually paying living wages. What a thought!
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‘Poldark’ Recap: Part 1

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We begin in America, with a group of soldiers taking a break from the Revolutionary War. But there’s a twist! Even though Part One of Poldark is being broadcast on PBS, our boys aren’t Americans, and fictional versions of the Founding Fathers are nowhere to be found. Instead, the fighters are none other than Redcoats, and our dashing hero Ross Poldark is one of them — until he gets knocked out by an ambush.
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